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Went on a first date to Palette last night. Went extremely well and I'm now tasked with choosing a second date restaurant. According to him, he expects good food, good wine, and carnival treats for dessert, much like date one. :)

He's a steak/American/Italian eater. I'm generally much more of an ethnic foods eater. Palette worked well because he had steak, I had an Asian-inspired tuna dish. Any other places that might similarly please both of us? I want to hold off on Indian or sushi til date three, at least...

I'd also like to find nice atmosphere and potentially within walking distance of Dupont, as the real flirting of last night's date came on the walk home, so I want to ensure that there's another walk home!!

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He's a steak/American/Italian eater.  I'm generally much more of an ethnic foods eater.  Palette worked well because he had steak, I had an Asian-inspired tuna dish.  Any other places that might similarly please both of us?  I want to hold off on Indian or sushi til date three, at least...

I had a really nice date at Dupont Grille a few months ago. My date worked a few blocks away, and we just sort of walked in. It's classy but hip inside, and the food was really appealing. The menu mixes classics with nouveau dishes. I had a super-inventive dish (an eggplant napoleon with lentils and other goodies) that I may have to go back for at some time in the future. I didn't try their desserts, though. My suggestion would be to walk over to Afterwords Cafe and get dessert over there.

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Went on a first date to Palette last night.  Went extremely well and I'm now tasked with choosing a second date restaurant.  According to him, he expects good food, good wine, and carnival treats for dessert, much like date one.  :)

He's a steak/American/Italian eater.  I'm generally much more of an ethnic foods eater.  Palette worked well because he had steak, I had an Asian-inspired tuna dish.  Any other places that might similarly please both of us?  I want to hold off on Indian or sushi til date three, at least...

I'd also like to find nice atmosphere and potentially within walking distance of Dupont, as the real flirting of last night's date came on the walk home, so I want to ensure that there's another walk home!!

Sounds like Firefly could be a good choice. Maybe Johnny Rooks could whip you up some of those spongy orange circus peanuts for dessert?

Or are "carvnival treats" a euphemism for something else?

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Sounds like Firefly could be a good choice.  Maybe Johnny Rooks could whip you up some of those spongy orange circus peanuts for dessert?

Or are "carvnival treats" a euphemism for something else?

I *knew* someone would ask that question! No, no "carnival treats" -- it was only DATE ONE! But Palette brings out cotton candy with the check, and that was the only carnival treat to which I was referring!

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I really enjoyed Notti Bianche this past Tuesday evening. Definitely straightforward enough for your guy but I'm sure you'd find something to tweak your interest. Small dining room, but seemed like it would be great for a date. One of my favorite date experiences was when I brought a girl to Nectar in the same space. Nice twenty minute walk home to Dupont as well. You might even be able to work in a pre-dinner show at the Millenium Stage in the Kennedy Center.

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I *knew* someone would ask that question!  No, no "carnival treats" -- it was only DATE ONE!  But Palette brings out cotton candy with the check, and that was the only carnival treat to which I was referring!

as does 2941, but otherwise it doesn't fit your criteria.

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I *knew* someone would ask that question!  No, no "carnival treats" -- it was only DATE ONE!  But Palette brings out cotton candy with the check, and that was the only carnival treat to which I was referring!

Ceiba had some nice dessert-type treats (caramel corn? damn my bad memory!) when I was there a number of months ago. Maybe that would fit the bill?

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I'd also like to find nice atmosphere and potentially within walking distance of Dupont, as the real flirting of last night's date came on the walk home, so I want to ensure that there's another walk home!!

Sounds like Firefly could be a good choice.  Maybe Johnny Rooks could whip you up some of those spongy orange circus peanuts for dessert?

I would recommend dinner somewhere in Dupont (aren't there a couple of Italian places around there?) and then walk over to Firefly and sit in the lounge for dessert and drinks. This way you get in the walk before the end of the date and Firefly's lounge has two tops to continue the fireworks. :)

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My question is this, since you brought the subject up: How interested are you in this guy?

Craig and I have been together for what is coming up on twenty years in a couple of months. He took me to Zorba's for our first meal together. I was very happy.

Sometimes the food just doesn't figure into it.

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I would consider going to Eli's Deli and letting him order whatever he wants. Right after he orders, give him your best collagen-lipped porn-vixen waifish pout, then lean over and whisper softly in his ear, "are you sure you don't want some tongue?"

Option B: Go to Cloud Lounge and feed each other hummus on one of the mattresses.

Cheers!

Dr. Luv

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Ray's The Steaks, my fair lady.  Can't lose with Ray.

Yes, the food rocks, but mdt would have to wait at least 2 weeks for a second date, it is too far to walk home, and the room is a bit noisy for a date. Edited by Sthitch
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My question is this, since you brought the subject up:  How interested are you in this guy?

Craig and I have been together for what is coming up on twenty years in a couple of months.  He took me to Zorba's for our first meal together.  I was very happy.

Sometimes the food just doesn't figure into it.

True. The food is just an added bonus... but I figure since I hold myself out as someone who knows food, I should suggest something good!

And I am pretty interested in this guy... hard to tell after one date, but I think there's real potential...

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Komi might be a bit much for a 2nd date, but they've got homemade lollipops at the end. and good food and good wine.

I take the opposite approach...if they can't handle Komi not worth the time and effort, might as well end things now. It's definitely my restaurant barometer when it comes to dating.

Komi has pasta, has meat, has fish, interesting enough to please your "ethnic" side, simple enough to please a "meat and potato" eater, and the unique twists will please both your carnival sides.

They are currently closed for renovation so you might want to call and find out when they reopen.

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You said the guy likes steak, give him steak. If you're interested in him, don't try to scare him off by taking him to some place where testicles are likely to show up on the plate. If it's steak he likes, the best place would be Ray's. He can't help but like it.

eta: I can see it now. Landrum sauntering over and quipping "soooo, I understand this is your 2nd date."

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Go to BdC. Second date is still very much an audition, and BdC gives you 1)good, unpretentious food, 2) opportunity to find out how the person responds to minor annoyances, and 3) opportunity to find out how the person responds to massive eye candy on display.

Komi is too much of a production. I would (and do) enforce a one-month minimum before even bringing it up.

(How can you not have sex after dinner at Komi? - to be deleted soon, I'm sure.)

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Go to BdC. Second date is still very much an audition, and BdC gives you 1)good, unpretentious food, 2) opportunity to find out how the person responds to minor annoyances, and 3) opportunity to find out how the person responds to massive eye candy on display. Komi is too much of a production.

(How can you not have sex after dinner at Komi? - to be deleted soon, I'm sure.)

Funny. We went to BdC on a "date" 3 1/2 years ago... I was kind of in a relationship already (things were somewhat unclear), so we never had a second date after that, but became friends. One or the other of us was in a relationship for the past 3 years or so, but we've both been single for a few months now, so are giving it another go.

But because we've already done BdC (and because I live literally around the corner from BdC so there would be no opportunity for a nice walk home!) I think we'll pick one of the other great suggestions...

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Marcel's! Table 28. Great food and wine, meat and potatoes for him, and what it lacks in ethnicity for you, it more than makes up for in deliciousness. It's also close, but not too close to Dupont. Date three: breakfast at Colorado Kitchen :)

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